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Laura: A Creole Plantation

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Address: 2247 Hwy 18, Vacherie, LA 70090
Phone Number: +1 225-265-7690
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Description: Have your passport ready as you enter the fascinating world of Louisiana's...
Have your passport ready as you enter the fascinating world of Louisiana's Creoles who lived apart from the American mainstream for over 200 years at this historic site Laura's acclaimed tour, named by the Lonely Planet Travel Network as the "Best History tour in the US," is based upon 5,000 pages of documents discovered in the French National Archive and upon Laura Locoul's "Memories of the Old Plantation Home," handwritten in St. Louis, Missouri in 1936. This 70-minute guided tour focuses on actual events in the lives of plantation owners, women, slaves, and children, their traditions, customs, mores, their folklore, the skilled workmanship of enslaved African artisans and the complex, intimate personal relationships they shared at this and other sugar plantations on the Great River Road.

Through life-sized figures, portraits, photos, slave and business records, weapons, clothing, heirlooms, and furniture, visitors are brought face-to-face with some remarkable Creole personalities whose stories are rich in documented detail. The intimate, honest examination of their lives fully reveals what is essentially a tale of human tragedy and the eventual disintegration of Louisiana's original Creole culture. Your Laura experience begins with a visit through the Maison Principale (built 1805), then onto the plantation grounds, into the formal French Garden, kitchen garden and Banana-Land grove, concluding in the 1840s slave cabins where the ancient west-African folktales of Compair Lapin (known in English as that legendary rascal "B'rer Rabbit") were recorded. Located in the heart of New Orleans Plantation Country just off Interstate-10, halfway to Baton Rouge, the Laura Plantation complex is surrounded by fields of sugarcane and includes 12 structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places, barns, cottages, slave cabins, dowager house (1829) and plantation store (gift shop). 

 La visite de la Plantation Laura se fait en francais tous les jours a 11h, 13h, et 15h. 

 Laura is open daily from 9:30AM - 5PM except for major holidays. The first tour of the day begins at 10AM with tours beginning approximately every 40 minutes thereafter until the last tour of the day at 4PM. 

 Before or after your Laura tour, enjoy authentic, homestyle Cajun food at B&C Seafood Market and Cajun Restaurant right next door.


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Laura is a beautiful plantation and definitely one of the highlights for our family. The tour was fabulous with the story of the house told in a really engaging way. We saw a few... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 3, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

Laura is a beautiful plantation and definitely one of the highlights for our family. The tour was fabulous with the story of the house told in a really engaging way. We saw a few plantations over a couple of days and this was the favourite!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Great to visit to experience the history in New Orleans. Laura Plantation was very informative with great guides. An opportunity to learn about the family history of the house, but also about the slavery in their past. Easy drive out from New Orleans or you can jump on a tour bus

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

This plantation passed from woman to woman during it's lifespan a rare thing at the time. Now restored this raised Creole cottage is brightly painted and a delightful cool refreshing house and gardens.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

The grounds and buildings were well kept.This plantation was different from other plantations because of the creole influence.The paint on the home was

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Our family of two adults and two children 9 & 5 were captivated by Laura and all that the grounds have to teach visitors. Our guide Ethan was an amazing host and guide. Beautifully presented tour rich with information. Highly recommend a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

We were passing through on our way to New Orleans and were crunched for time when we decided to tour a plantation home. We had heard great things about Laura and chose to take the time to see it. We were glad we did. Being a plantation home makes it a unique experience from other southern plantation home tours. It... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

What an amazing history this plantation has. Our guide, was very funny, professional and charming. His family were the original owners of this land. It is beautifully preserved and Praise God it had airconditioning. The history will pull at your heart strings and will open your mind to the way of thinking in the old days. The cost for this... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

if you want to visit one, go to Laura plantation, lots of interesting info and lucky of not only about the slave owners, but also about the life and hardship of the slaves. We had a guide, with lots of knowledge and was open for questions outside the tour talk. The bookshop,museums hop is great we bought some books telling... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Laura's plantation is one of the original creole plantations. The tour was fabolous and included original slave quarters. This really was a wonderful way to bring historic understanding into our lives. The tourguide was very very informative and intresting to follow. The gift shop had a wonderful selection of books to deepend the journey into this part of our history.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

I toured Laura Plantation as part of an all-day tour of several sites. Prior to Laura Plantation, we toured Oak Alley Plantation. The best thing about touring them both is that they are very different, Laura Plantation being a Creole plantation which was run by a woman. The guided tour started in the Big House. The guide shared extensive knowledge... More 

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Address: 2247 Hwy 18, Vacherie, LA 70090
Phone Number: +1 225-265-7690
Location: United States  >  Louisiana (LA)  >  Vacherie
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:15 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:15 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:15 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:15 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:15 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:15 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:15 pm

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